INFORMS NEWS: INFORMS welcomes 12 Fellows

Anne Robinson (INFORMS president), Martin Savelsbergh, Anna Nagurney, Daniel Bienstock, Morris Cohen, David Shmoys, Sheldon Jacobson, Michael Carter, Jon Lee, Frieda Granot (committee chair), Zvi Drezner, Patrick Jaillet and Sheldon Ross (l-r).

Anne Robinson (INFORMS president), Martin Savelsbergh, Anna Nagurney, Daniel Bienstock, Morris Cohen, David Shmoys, Sheldon Jacobson, Michael Carter, Jon Lee, Frieda Granot (committee chair), Zvi Drezner, Patrick Jaillet and Sheldon Ross (l-r).

INFORMS honored 12 new Fellows at a special luncheon during the 2013 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis for their “outstanding lifetime achievement in operations research and the management sciences.” INFORMS Fellows have “demonstrated exceptional accomplishments and made significant contributions to the advancement of OR/MS over a period of time.”

The 2013 Fellows are:

Daniel Bienstock, Columbia University, for his fundamental contributions to the methodology of modeling and solving difficult optimization problems, such as securing electric power grid safety, shaping the contours of an ore mine over time or fighting certain epidemics.

Michael W. Carter, University of Toronto, for being a pioneer in the application of the methodologies of operations research and management science to the healthcare sector, and for his contributions to this field, including improved service delivery, reduced costs and increased efficiency.

Morris A. Cohen, University of Pennsylvania, for outstanding and important contributions to the development of the field of operations management and for his impact on operations management practice.

Zvi Drezner, California State University Fullerton, for seminal contributions to location theory and mathematical analysis in operations research.

T.C. Hu, University of California San Diego, for his fundamental research on the borders of operations research and computer science, including network flows, integer programming, shortest paths, binary trees and for his authoritative books on these topics.

Sheldon H. Jacobson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for an eclectic portfolio of research contributions in the areas of simulation, stochastic modeling and discrete optimization, which have impacted numerous areas of society, including aviation security operations and public health policy.

Patrick Jaillet, MIT, for opening the field of a priori optimization for stochastic programming and for being regarded as the world leader in the field of probabilistic and online optimization.

Jon Lee, University of Michigan, for theoretical research, algorithm development and solution of industrial problems involving discrete and mixed-integer nonlinear optimization.

Anna Nagurney, University of Massachusetts Amherst, for her distinguished leadership as an operations research educator and ambassador, through her extensive contributions to the concepts and properties of transportation and supply chain networks.

Sheldon M. Ross, University of California Berkeley, for fundamental research in dynamic programming, reliability, queueing, simulation and other areas of applied probability, and for his many inspiring textbooks.

Martin Savelsbergh, University of New Castle Australia, for his lifetime contributions to the theory of integer programming and the advancement of algorithms for solving practical, real-world problems in vehicle routing and scheduling, fleet management and network design.

David B. Shmoys, Cornell University, for his landmark achievements in the design of approximation algorithms for discrete and stochastic optimization problems, and for his exemplary contributions to education.